Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dessert Sliders

When Marx Foods put out the call for bloggers looking to turn dinner into dessert I had to think twice-- this wasn't going to be easy!  But I can't say no to a challenge, so I considered it accepted :)


The goal:  take a sample of cocoa penne (provided by Marx Foods) and make an original dessert recipe that looks like a dinner.  My first thought was to cook up the pasta, top with with a fruity sauce that looked like marinara, and top it with a goat cheese cream.  But that seemed a little to straight-forward.

I decided to transform the pasta by grinding up the cocoa penne and using it as cocoa powder to make... a burger!  Easily dinner-fare :)  I dressed it up for the pictures with appropriate attire- a sesame seed bun, cheese, lettuce and ketchup.  Bon appetit!



Cheeseburger Sliders
Yield:  9 sliders

For the Cocoa Penne Burger:
6 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1/4c almond meal
1T melted coconut oil
2T ground + sifted cocoa penne
1t honey
pinch sea salt

For assembly:
your favorite macarons, sprinkled with sesame seeds (the bun)
White Chocolate Buttercream dyed orange (the cheese)
Shredded coconut dyed green (the lettuce)
Strawberry Jam (the ketchup)

To make the cocoa penne burgers, add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend until well combined.  Divide into 9 portions and form them into "patty" shapes.  Refrigerate at least a few hours to firm up (will be good for a few days).

To assemble the sliders, add a burger to one macaron and top with a smear of buttercream, some coconut and some jam.  Top with another macaron shell to complete the burger.  Repeat with remaining burgers and serve!



What would you have made with the cocoa penne??

27 comments:

Victoria said...

These are UNBELIEVABLY adorable. I love it!

Lori Lynn said...

Shannon - these are so clever! Great job with that challenge!
LL

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

This is so creative! Wow, I would never have executed this successfully :)

Megan Ginsberg said...

These are so creative! Love them! Hmm... I might have tried making some sort of tart or pie with the penne as part of the filling. Not sure.

Elina said...

Super cute. LOVE :)

Joanne said...

Okay this is INSANE. And awesome. And pretty damn amazing!

Michelle Collins said...

These are so cute and innovative! Nice job!

Jean said...

Love it!! GREAT idea!

Ranjani said...

What a fun challenge! Love what you came up with

Natalie said...

creative AND adorable!! :)

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

This is so creative!

Jenn Kendall said...

oh my gosh these are soooooo creative and adorable!! love these so much!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

These sliders are sooooo cute! I'd love one right now!

We Are Not Martha said...

These are so creative- I love them!! And now I need to find some cocoa penne :)

Sues

Biz said...

That is so creative Shannon - love it!

Thanks for the birthday wishes! :D

Val said...

Completely adorable and such fun!

Sacha said...

Wow, too cute!

Hannah said...

Ah, those are so awesome! The little touch of adding sesame seeds to the tops of the macaron "buns" is what really makes them perfect. That finishing touch gives them such a realistic appearance! If they were just a tiny bit bigger, it might be easy to mistake them for something more meaty. ;)

Food and Fitness Friend said...

These are adorable! What a fun challenge. Nice work :)

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

These are so creative and really very cute! Great job!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Oh Shannon these are so awesome, so very creative. The totally for the realdinner deal but somuch sweeter!

Erica said...

How cute are these???? Great challenge

Simply Life said...

what a fun idea! these look great!

Samantha Angela said...

Those are SO cute!

Donna Currie said...

Cool! I almost ground the pasta too. I was thinking of using it to make cake that looked like rye bread, but then I changed my mind. I love the sliders. They're pretty cool!

Kathi Marshall said...

Shannon: How creative......you have my vote. Aunt Kathi

Kerstin said...

So cute and creative - love it! I voted and hope you win :)

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